What do vampires mean? Monsters aren’t just randomly scary. They perform a specific function. Monsters turn up when our identity is in crisis. The vampire, particularly Bram Stoker’s Dracula, tells us very specifically where the Victorians were facing some serious issues about who they thought they were. Dracula blurs and challenges the boundaries between Us and Them.
Petrarch wrote Italian sonnets, and Thomas Wyatt took the form to England. Then came Shakespeare. This video reviews the difference between Petrarchan sonnets and Shakespearean sonnets. Then offers an analysis of four Shakespearean sonnets, specifically: Sonnet 29 — “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”; Sonnet 73 — “That time of year thou mayst in me behold”; Sonnet 116 — “Let me not to the marriage of true minds”; and Sonnet 130 — “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun.”
First, an analysis of Robert Herrick’s “To the Virgins” and Andrew Marvel’s “To His Coy Mistress,” and then the difference between carpe diem, YOLO (You Only Lie Once), and Christian carpe diem. We consider C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters–the demons don’t like us to “seize the day.”
Should we read Fairy Tales to our children? Can Christians read Harry Potter? This video is about the relationship between faith and fantasy.
This video concludes the discussion that fairy tales offer us a true picture of reality. They show us the effects of the Fall and an almost universal desire for Redemption and a happy ending: